- Olivier-Remy Bel, Special Advisor for the French Presidency of the EU Council, Ministry of the French Armed Forces
- Beata Górka-Winter, Adjunct Professor, University of Warsaw
- Marek Świerczyński, Head of Security and International Affairs Desk, Polityka Insight
- Agnieszka Lichnerowicz, Journalist, TOK FM
The EU is no longer deeply concerned. On 10-11 March Emmanuel Macron will host EU-27 security and defence summit to discuss European defence policy in light of the war on Ukraine.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the EU has taken steps which seemed inconceivable even two weeks ago. Beyond mounting economic sanctions against the Russia’s and Belarus’s financial systems, more and more countries within Europe have announced military support for Ukraine’s armed forces. This culminated in Joseph Borrell’s announcement to provide Ukraine with fighter jets from EU countries.
These are unprecedented developments. For the first time in its history, the European Union is actively involved in security and defence activities on such a scale. This constitutes a significant change of policy. As of now, it has been widely supported by Europeans. While Europe’s engagement may not change the situation on the ground, it will have major implications for the EU which will be discussed at the European Council meeting on 24-25 March.
Ahead of the EU summit, French and Polish experts will discuss the European security situation as the war in Ukraine unfolds. They will analyse the current developments, EU’s role in the conflict and challenges for the EU security and defence in the upcoming months.